Simple Load Testing with Apache Bench (ab)
If you're running Apache (and you probably are), there is a simple built in load test that you can run to get a basic idea of how your site / server will perform. From the command line, you can run...
- ab = apache bench
- n = number of requests
- c = the number to run concurrently (at the same time)
- http://www.greencrescent.com/ is the domain we're testing (replace with your target domain)
The output looks like...
Options are: -n requests Number of requests to perform -c concurrency Number of multiple requests to make -t timelimit Seconds to max. wait for responses -b windowsize Size of TCP send/receive buffer, in bytes -p postfile File containing data to POST. Remember also to set -T -u putfile File containing data to PUT. Remember also to set -T -T content-type Content-type header for POSTing, eg. 'application/x-www-form-urlencoded' Default is 'text/plain' -v verbosity How much troubleshooting info to print -w Print out results in HTML tables -i Use HEAD instead of GET -x attributes String to insert as table attributes -y attributes String to insert as tr attributes -z attributes String to insert as td or th attributes -C attribute Add cookie, eg. 'Apache=1234. (repeatable) -H attribute Add Arbitrary header line, eg. 'Accept-Encoding: gzip' Inserted after all normal header lines. (repeatable) -A attribute Add Basic WWW Authentication, the attributes are a colon separated username and password. -P attribute Add Basic Proxy Authentication, the attributes are a colon separated username and password. -X proxy:port Proxyserver and port number to use -V Print version number and exit -k Use HTTP KeepAlive feature -d Do not show percentiles served table. -S Do not show confidence estimators and warnings. -g filename Output collected data to gnuplot format file. -e filename Output CSV file with percentages served -r Don't exit on socket receive errors. -h Display usage information (this message) -Z ciphersuite Specify SSL/TLS cipher suite (See openssl ciphers) -f protocol Specify SSL/TLS protocol (SSL2, SSL3, TLS1, or ALL)